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The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed to prepare the baccalaureate registered (BSN) nurse as an advanced practice nurse with a focus on family practice.  Students obtain advanced training in primary health care to patients across the lifespan, with a special focus on practicum experiences in rural and/or medically underserved settings.

School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP)

Quick Facts

  • Spring Admission, Full-time or Part-Time Options
  • Online and Blended
  • 44 credit hours, including 600 practicum hours
  • Scholarships available
  • Program faculty coordinate practicum sites and preceptors

Admission Requirements

Application and accompanying documents are due by September 16th for the January class. Enrollment is limited and selection is competitive.

  1. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana at the time of application and enrollment
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited CCNE or ACEN undergraduate nursing institution
  3. Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in undergraduate coursework
  4. GRE within the last five (5) years; official copy must be submitted
  5. A recommended minimum of 1-year full time experience as a RN
  6. Academic preparedness for advanced sciences and advanced clinical skills
  7. Current BLS certification; official copy must be submitted
  8. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation (one from current immediate supervisor)
  9. One-page professional goal statement for a Family Nurse Practitioner
  10. All undergraduate or graduate transcripts
  11. Meet and comply with the Application Instructions and Checklist.
  12. Current immunizations; official copy must be submitted

Students who meet the above admission requirements will be invited to an interview.

Length of Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner program consists of 44 credit hours with 600 hours of clinical practice.The program spans over 2 years OR 3 years dependent upon the program option chosen. The curriculum is delivered in both an online and blended teaching format, allowing students the flexibility to study and work on their schedule. The program is composed of sequential and integrated courses designed to facilitate achievement of its program graduate learning outcomes.

Mission Statement

The mission of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University's Family Nurse Practitioner Program is to advance the knowledge of highly-skilled nurses in preparation for advanced practice as Franciscan servant leaders in a variety of settings, with a focus on rural and medically-underserved settings. The program achieves its mission by creating a respectful educational environment that embraces cultural diversity, emphasizes collaboration and interprofessional healthcare teams, and promotes evidence-based primary health care across the lifespan.


The FranU FNP Program offers a unique structure for articulation and educational access to advanced study in nursing. The design promotes sharing of resources and responsibilities through a collegial and collaborative relationship among nursing faculty and students representing diverse educational backgrounds and experiences in nursing and higher education. Goals of the program include: a) sharing resources and talent with other programs and health professionals to maximize student learning, b) coordinate consistent practicum learning experiences in predominately medically underserved and/or rural settings, and c) offer a curriculum that promotes collaborative, culturally appropriate, ethical, evidence-based care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.  Upon program completion, graduates will meet certification requirements to write for the FNP certifying examination.  

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

The program graduate learning outcomes are derived from the mission and core values of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the AACN Essentials for Master’s Education (2011), and the NONPF Core Competencies (2017). 

Upon graduation, the graduate will: 

  • Apply critical thinking and requisite knowledge to independently design, implement, and evaluate holistic and comprehensive care across the lifespan.
  • Use technology and information systems to inform clinical practice and evaluate health care quality outcomes.
  • Translate existing evidence to improve health outcomes and advanced nursing practice across settings.
  • Communicate and collaborate interprofessionally to manage, coordinate, and improve care across settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership to promote improved access, quality, and cost-effective health care by applying principles of organizational and systems theory.
  • Evaluate policies that affect healthcare organizations and systems to promote individual, family, and population health.
  • Integrate ethical principles and advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

Program Application & Resources

Document Title Type File Size
Document Title: FNP Application Instructions and Checklist Type: pdf File Size: 149.489 KB Download
Document Title: FNP Application Type: pdf File Size: 220.548 KB Download
Document Title: FNP Reference Type: pdf File Size: 176.948 KB Download
Document Title: Immunization Policy and Form Type: pdf File Size: 34.431 KB Download
Document Title: FNP Core Performance Standards Type: pdf File Size: 243.847 KB Download


2 Year Curriculum Plan
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*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program. 

3 Year Curriculum Plan
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*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any costs associated with uniform requirements.

Financial Assistance

FranU has financial aid counselors available to assist students with financial aid. All students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at

Application Procedure

Completed applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to:

FranU Office of Admissions 

5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Code Number: 6452


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

The School of Nursing MSN programs are fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, (225) 755-7500, and hold accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, 

Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.


Do I need to submit a transcript for an associate's degree or a summer class taken at a local community college if the credits show up on my graduating transcript?

Yes, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

What should I include in my goal statement?

Your goal statement should address, in detail, your intellectual and clinical interests, your interest in the specific specialty to which you are applying, and your fit with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s program.

What should I include in my resume/CV?

The following components should be included in your resume/CV:

  1. Educational background, including institutions, degree(s) awarded and/or degrees in progress, dates of degrees awarded/anticipated date of degree
  2. Relevant employment history, with location, brief description of position, and dates (if within a health care setting, please describe the type of unit and duties within that position)
  3. Community/volunteer experience

The acceptable file formats are .pdf, .doc, and .docx.

Is an interview required?

Yes, after review of your application, the admission committee will select those applicants who will be invited for an interview.  You will be contacted directly by a member of the faculty admissions committee.

I have my bachelor's degree in non-nursing content, but I am an RN. Am I eligible?

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University requires that applicants to its graduate nursing programs hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or equivalent degree, e.g. Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

If I have below a 3.0 GPA, should I apply?

While the majority of students admitted to the program have a cumulative undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 (and an equally strong science GPA), each applicant is reviewed holistically by the faculty admissions committee. Commitment to scholarship, leadership, and clinical inquiry are crucial components in a competitive application. Academic rigor, clinical experience, best fit with the program, and advanced specialty are also considered during the application review process.

What are the tuition costs?

Please see the tuition and fee schedule for the current rates.

Is financial aid available? If so, how do I apply?

Complete information on need-based financial aid and supplemental loan programs are available in the financial aid section.

How do most students finance their education?

Graduate students financing their education generally take advantage of multiple sources of funding, including their federal loan eligibility. 


Curriculum Notes:

Total Credit Hours                                     44

Total Practicum Hours                             600

Total Laboratory Hours                              45